Gypsy and Travellers Development Plan Document [emerging]

The Council has a responsibility to plan for the housing needs of all residents, including the Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople community. The Housing and Planning Act 2016 requires local housing authorities to assess the needs of people residing in or resorting to their district with respect to the provision of sites on which caravans can be stationed and places on inland waterways where houseboats can be moored.

The National Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (August 2015) requires Local Planning Authorities to have a robust evidence base to establish accommodation needs to inform the preparation of Local Plans to meet need through the identification of land for sites.

In response to this requirement, the Council proposes a Gypsy & Traveller Development Plan Document to accompany the Revised Local Plan. If and when the Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan is adopted, it will form part of the Local Development Framework (LDF) for the area.

Latest Update

Regulation 18 Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document

The Council consulted on the draft Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document (DPD) between February and March 2015. The Council has updated its evidence base, its considering the outcome and will be drafting a revised DPD which will be published for consultation in 2018.

Previous Stages

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

On Wednesday 9th March 2016, Cabinet approved the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report for Future Development Plan Documents on Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople for publication. The report was subject to a statutory five week consultation. The Scoping Report is available to download under the attachment heading below.

All Development Plan Documents need to be subject to an appraisal of their sustainability. This is to cover the requirements of the Planning and Compulsory Act 2004 and the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 (which transposes a European Directive).

The first stage of the sustainability appraisal process is to consider the scope of the exercise, which is presented in the form of a Scoping Report. The last Scoping Report was prepared in 2011 and needs to be updated for this Sustainability Appraisal. The Scoping Report does not allocate sites, consider the merits of possible sites or deal with the scale of need.

Regulation 18 Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document Consultation

On Wednesday 28th January 2015, Council agreed the draft Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document (DPD), Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment to be published for Regulation 18 public consultation. A public consultation ran for 6 weeks, from 6th February - 20th March 2015.